Save the Internet!


Sep 25, 2003
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I don't know if this has been posted, and if it has merge, but read the content!

Save the Internet!

The Threat is real!

Congress is pushing a law that would abandon the Internet's First Amendment -- a principle called "Network neutrality" that prevents companies like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast from deciding which Web sites work best for you -- based on what site pays them the most. Your local library shouldn’t have to outbid Barnes & Noble for the right to have its Web site open quickly on your computer.

Net Neutrality allows everyone to compete on a level playing field and is the reason that the Internet is a force for economic innovation, civic participation and free speech. If the public doesn't speak up now, Congress will cave to a multi-million dollar lobbying campaign by telephone and cable companies that want to decide what you do, where you go, and what you watch online.

This isn’t just speculation -- we've already seen what happens elsewhere when the Internet's gatekeepers get too much control. Last year, Canada's version of AT&T -- Telus -- blocked their Internet customers from visiting a Web site sympathetic to workers with whom Telus was negotiating. And Shaw, a major Canadian cable company, charges an extra $10 a month to subscribers who dare to use a competing Internet telephone service.


Another must read!

Basically, if a website doesn't abide by content principles that agree with the companies politics or simply does not agree to advertise whatever the company is pimping then the company bans it and EVERYONE is disallowed access!

So, if SHH! doesn’t agree to content control or approved advertisements, say bye-bye!
Yes I've heard about this, and this doesnt even seem real, how can something like this even be considered to be put into effect??

Its crazy, but I really doubt it will least I hope not :(
that's the stupidest idea ever and rather facist.:down
Great, Americans acting like they own the internet again... :rolleyes:

Everyone knows its run by the Dutch.
I'd say it's an inevitability that sooner or later the Internet will be owned and controlled by a number of big corporations.

I think the Internet is something worth keeping free from ownership of big business. The Internet is unique in that complete strangers from different countries can talk to each other. The Internet is the ultimate expression of free speech.

Bit early to be worried. But when the time comes, people should band together and not let it happen.
Save the Internet?

This looks like a job for...AL GORE!
It'll never happen. Too many interest groups and lobbyists out there watching this stuff too closely. The best of these is the Electronic Frontier Foundation which has developed into the internet equivalent of the ACLU. If you want to get involved, these are the guys to hook up with.

All that said, the U.S. government repeatedly tries to overstep their bounds where the internet is concerned. Witness the debacle with the proposed .xxx domains awhile back. When and if they ever figure out how to stop being so ham-fisted in their attempts to use the internet to serve their own purposes, spy on their own populace and use it as another means of control there will be trouble. Thankfully they're not nearly as smart as they think they are and tend to get caught trying to muck things up with crappy legislation.

Click the map to see if your Rep. agrees with the bill.

Like many of you I don't think it'll happen today, but these companies are persistant and can afford to wait a couple of years to achieve an agenda. If you don't succed try and try again! It'll just get repackaged into something else while lobbiest do thier magic.

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